The Athletic’s Max Bultman filed a set of observations from today’s scrimmage at Little Caesars Arena, and Bultman notes that Mathias Brome did a good job of making a strong first impression:
Yes, first-liners Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha still headlined the score sheet, with two goals and two assists, respectively. But it was Mathias Bromé who scored the game’s first goal on a tap-in at the crease, Vladislav Namestnikov with a tying goal in regulation’s final seconds and Bobby Ryan with perhaps the highlight of the day on a between-the-legs pass in overtime.
That’s meaningful for Bromé, in particular, who appears to have a real shot at making the roster in his first NHL training camp, even if it ends up being in a depth role. He played on a line with Luke Glendening and Adam Erne Tuesday, filling in for Darren Helm (who for the third straight day was “unfit to practice”), and showed his skill in a shootout goal at the end of the scrimmage.
“I think he continues to do a good job,” coach Jeff Blashill said afterward. “I think impact on the game is a big part of when you watch. You can have a good skill set, but if your impact on the game is negligible then it doesn’t really help, and I think his impact in practice and then impact in (the) game has been pretty positive.”
Bromé, who is 26, had 20 points in 23 games in the SHL this season before coming over for Detroit’s training camp. Playing with Glendening and Erne has given him the chance to show what he can add to an energy and checking line, which could help him show lineup versatility as he competes for what figures to be one of the final roster spots.